On This Day

Historical Events in April 2001

  • Apr 1 20th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Notre Dame beats Purdue, 68-66; Fighting Irish forward Ruth Riley is named Most Outstanding Player
  • Apr 1 Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to make same-sex marriage legal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 Former president of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes.

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milošević

Sport defeatWrestleMania

Apr 1 WrestleMania XVII, Astrodome, Houston, TX: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin beats The Rock in a no disqualification match for the WWF Championship

Actor and Professional Wrestler Dwayne Johnson
Actor and Professional Wrestler
Dwayne Johnson
  • Apr 2 63rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Arizona, 82-72; Blue Devils' 3rd title; forward Shane Battier MOP

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 2 New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens becomes American League all-time strikeout leader, recording his 3,509th K in a 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals; Walter Johnson previous record 3,508 Ks

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has 2 hits and becomes first Japanese position player to play in a regular season MLB game as Mariners beat Oakland A's, 5-4 at Safeco Field

Baseball Star Ichiro Suzuki
Baseball Star
Ichiro Suzuki
  • Apr 7 Mars Odyssey is launched
  • Apr 7 154th Grand National: Richard Guest wins aboard Red Marauder; trainer Martin Pipe saddles 10 of 40-strong field, Blowing Wind best at 3rd place

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 8 65th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tiger Woods wins his 2nd Masters and 6th major title, 2 strokes ahead of David Duval

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Apr 11 Detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, People's Republic of China after a collision with an J-8 fighter are released
  • Apr 15 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Doug Tewell wins his second & final Champions Tour major by 9 strokes from Mike McCullough
  • Apr 16 105th Boston Marathon: Lee Bong-Ju of South Korea men's winner in 2:09:43; Catherine Ndereba of Kenya wins back-to-back women's titles in 2:23:53

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 A letter between Gale Norton and Jeb Bush is released, stating that the Bush administration has decided to go ahead with plans to auction 6 million acres of potentially oil-and-gas-rich seabed in the Gulf of Mexico

Governor of Florida Jeb Bush
Governor of Florida
Jeb Bush
  • Apr 21 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick first pick by Atlanta Falcons

Music releaseMusic Single

Apr 23 Fatboy Slim releases single "Weapon of Choice", music video directed by Spike Jonze starring Christopher Walken dancing

  • Apr 28 Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world's first space tourist
  • Apr 30 The Mitchell Report on the Arab-Israeli conflict is published
  • Apr 30 US Vice President Cheney calls for increased domestic production of fossil fuels and increased usage of nuclear power to meet America's energy demand